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November 5, 1960


JAMA. 1960;174(10):1333-1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030100101029

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In Space Cabin for 30 Days.—  Two Air Force pilots have completed the longest simulated-space cabin run ever conducted at the Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. They entered the 8- by 12-ft. cabin Aug. 15 and emerged 30 days, 8 hours, and 21 minutes later. The experiment was designed to test the reliability of component parts of the simulator and to obtain data relevant to manned space flight. Both pilots volunteered and expressed a strong desire to participate in the event. Both were pronounced physically and mentally qualified after extensive examinations at the School of Aviation Medicine.The 30-day experiment was anything but a picnic for them. Unlike the two subjects in the 14-day run last February, they did not have commercial television or magazines for diversion, or time to enjoy these luxuries if they had been available. In order to give

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